William Sahlman is an entrepreneur and professor. His research focuses on the investment and financing decisions made in entrepreneurial ventures at all stages in their development.
Sahlman has written numerous articles on topics including entrepreneurial management, venture capital and private equity, deal structuring, and the role of entrepreneurship in the global economy. He has published over 150 case studies on entrepreneurial ventures around the world.
Sahlman is Senior Associate Dean for External Relations at Harvard University. He was co-chair of the Entrepreneurial Management, Senior Associate Dean, Director of Publishing Activities, and chairman of the board for Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation.
William Sahlman: Without overconfidence, I’m convinced entrepreneurship wouldn’t take place.
William Sahlman: If you view all problems as opportunities, and then you think about ways to re-engineer a process, then I think you find opportunity is absolutely everywhere.
We can train people how to get control of resources like money or to recruit and build teams, or to structure sensible strategies.
“When you are part of a failed venture, as long as you didn’t lie, cheat, or steal,” says Sahlman, “then you’re considered experienced. And in fact, to the extent people […]